One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    MIG Welding for Beginners is a bimonthly class series that introduces the MIG welding process for hobbyists and home users. MIG (Metal- Inert Gas) is an arc welding process that uses wire fed from a spool to carry the arc and deposit filler metal, while shielded by an inert gas mixture of Argon and CO2. The class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety, material prep, and tool use for welding on mild carbon steel.

    In this class, you will learn how to prepare and set up a workpiece, set up and safely run the welder, and successfully join pieces of metal together. You will practice running several beads, and then weld small plates together to practice and demonstrate basic joints used in welding. Anything you weld on is yours to take home at the end of the class.
    Meetup Details:
    + Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    + $120 (pay on the Meetup page)
    + Dominic Ryder is the instructor

    What to Wear (required):
    + Long-sleeve 100% cotton button-up shirt (denim or flannel works great)
    + Long work pants
    + Leather or closed toed work shoes
    + Hair pulled back
    + No jewelry

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, October 20 at 12:00 PM

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    Price: 120.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/255271185/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Interested in listening to synthesizer music? meeting others that share your passion? Want to get your hands soldered making synthesizer.

    You can do all of these here!

    Through this summer it is an informal bring your gear and network with fellow musicians. Freeside has an extensive electronics shop so this is a good time to repair, modify or build equipment.

    We have a number of schemes we are considering, and we want your input:

    Build some VCO's? (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)

    Play with BCI (Brain Computer Interface) using an EEG that Freeside (the Brainiacs Meetup, check it out!) has built?

    Listen to some live synth music?

    Other? We want to meet and discuss!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 PM

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    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/255266919/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Get hands on experience with the most versatile tool in the wood shop!

    This class will demonstrate the operation of a table saw starting with safety procedures and setup, on to more complicated topics. We will cover basic cross and rip cuts, common jigs and accessories, blade choice, angle and taper cuts, and more. No experience required.

    This class is $30 for non-members and FREE for Freeside members (if you are a Freeside member, please contact AC@freesideatlanta.org (ac@freesideatlanta.org) so you can be added to the class).

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 PM

    4

    Price: 30.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/255266934/